Shoot, Edit and Share From Your Iphone (Part 1)

7/26/2012 3:18:45 PM

Use only your phone to create and show off your photos with these simple steps

What you’ll need…

An iPhone

We used…

iPhone 4 using iOS 5

Photoshop Express app

instagram app

Description: iPhone 4 using iOS 5

iPhone 4 using iOS 5

You could try…

Any iPhone

Built-in editing tools

Twitter integration

Any editing or sharing app

What you’ll learn…

To shoot, edit and share great photos on your iPhone

‘You don’t have to settle for third-rate photography when snapping on your phone’

Cameraphone photography is becoming increasingly popular, simply due to the fact that you can have your camera handy everywhere you go. With the popularity of downloadable editing and social networking apps too, you can shoot, edit and share your pictures in an instant.

The iPhone is one of the most popular cameraphones because it’s so simple to use, and now with the iPhone 4S’s 8MP sensor and f2.4 aperture lens, you don’t have to settle for third-rate photography when snapping on your phone. Here we show you some simple hints and techniques that can put this tiny technology to good use, including composition tips, editing tricks and sharing suggestions.

Although you can make edits using nothing but Apple’s built-in programs, we’ve highlighted some third-party apps that give you a wider breadth of options so that you can really make the most of your images. Follow this three-part tutorial and you will be well on your way to taking and sharing your best-ever shots with your phone.

Blurry shots

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Blurry shots

If you don’t keep the camera still, shake can cause blurry photos. Make sure you hold yourself steady and using the volume button instead of the on-screen shutter also helps keep the phone still.

Shoot! Lean how to take a perfect photo on your iPhone

Step 1 - Compose

Tap the camera app from your Home screen. Try to fill the frame, keep the subject straight and look for things such as lines that will draw in the viewer’s eye. You can use gridlines to help you compose – tap Options and move the Gridlines slider to On.

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Step 1

Step 2 - Zoom in

To fill the frame with your subject, you can zoom by pinching two fingers across the screen. Bear in mind that the iPhone only has a digital zoom and so the quality will decrease. Try ‘zooming with your feet’ and move closer to your focal interest.

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Step 2

Step 3 - Use HDR

If your scene has an uneven exposure, such a light background and dark foreground, try using the built-in HDR mode. Go to Options and turn the slider to On. This increases the dynamic range between the lightest and darkest parts of your image.

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Step 3

Step 4 - Activate the flash

If your subject could do with a little help from some flash, turn this on by tapping the top-left lightning bolt icon. This is only available on iPhone 4 and above, though. Using flash is great for some fill-in light on portraits, or for night-time scenes.

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Step 4

Step 5 - Look focus and exposure

You can tell the camera what to focus on and set which area it need to prioritise reading the light from. To lock the focus and exposure, tap and hold the area you want to focus on. A square will flash indicating it has locked and ‘AE/AF Lock’ will appear.

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Step 5

Step 6 - Take the shot

Once you have everything set up, take your photo. Either press the on-screen button, or use the volume up button (+ symbol) on the side of the phone – using this results in less camera shake. Access your photo by swiping to the side with a finger.

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Step 6

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